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Friday News: Joaquin Shifts East; “Voodoo Never Dies;” “Something We Should Politicize”


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, October 2.

*Clinton team sees political gift in McCarthy comment on Benghazi probe (A Republican admitted what anyone with half a brain already knew, that the Benghazi “investigation” was simply a right-wing smear campaign/witchhunt against Hillary Clinton. Duh.)

*Vatican: Meeting with Kim Davis doesn’t mean pope shares her views (I sure hope not, because Davis’ views are: a) repugnant; and b) antithetical to our system of government and the rule of law.)

*Krugman: Voodoo Never Dies (“…it’s straightforward and quite stark: Republicans support big tax cuts for the wealthy because that’s what wealthy donors want.”)

*Another infuriating, but unsurprising, gun tragedy (“…we shouldn’t have to wait for Congress to enact laws to combat what is clearly a crisis of gun violence.”)

*Warner supports bill to strengthen U.S.’ Iran policy

*As Governor, Bush Embraced His Inner “Veto Corleone” (“His 2,549 line-item vetoes cut millions of dollars from social programs, health centers, and projects backed by people who crossed him.”)

*Gun nuts, the ultimate thought police: Shutting down an open debate after yet another mass shooting (“A community college reels from a horrific massacre. The right tells us (again) to ignore the elephant in the room”)

*Let’s be honest, they’re idiots: The embarrassing truth about the unqualified, underprepared GOP field (“Becoming Madison” author Mike Signer nails it about the Republican 2016 presidential field.)

*Obama to Putin: Good luck with that (“U.S. officials are convinced Russia’s intervention in Syria will backfire.”)

*Obama On UCC Shooting: ‘This Is Something We Should Politicize’ (Actually, the gun lobby and the right wing politicized this a long time ago. The other 80% of the country needs to make their voices heard as well, loudly and clearly.)

*4 Pro-Gun Arguments We’re Sick of Hearing (“Thursday’s mass shooting is sure to be met with the usual arguments for why we can’t do anything about gun control”)

*New maps for voting districts are on the way (“If you’re reading this, there’s a decent chance that next November you’ll vote in a congressional district different from the one you’re in now. That’s because Virginia lawmakers drew boundaries for the 3rd congressional district in a way that was so absurd and so blatantly unconstitutional that federal judges struck it down and ordered it redrawn.”)

*Virginia Republicans Admit They Rigged The State’s Congressional Districts To Elect GOP Lawmakers

*Va. Republicans attack McAuliffe proposal to add tolls on congested I-66 (Republicans wrong as usual; in this case, adding more lanes has been shown time and again to actually INCREASE sprawl, INCREASE traffic, INCREASE pollution, etc. Stupid, stupid, stupid.)

*Editorial: A gun-control proposal worth considering (“Those who object to the governor’s proposal probably should start asking whether Virginia is too tough on drunken drivers, too.”)

*McCollum’s jab about leadership draws Wagner’s ire during debate

*At Forum, Loudoun Board Candidates Wary Of Rail, Redskins Deals

*Virginia executes Alfredo Prieto

*NAACP calls for change in Fairfax

*Hurricane Joaquin forecast shifts farther from Hampton Roads


*Southwest Virginia gears up for another round of heavy rain

*Hurricane Joaquin turns further east, but more rain likely through Friday

  • Statement from Sen. Kaine’s office:

    “Senator Kaine supports the Iran deal because he believes it to be dramatically better than the status quo that would exist ‎if the U.S. walked away from diplomacy. He agrees that Congress must play a constructive role in implementing the deal and hopes to work for a bipartisan approach to that important challenge.   He looks forward to reviewing the Cardin bill and other approaches to implementation that are currently being discussed.”

  •                    THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — SEPTEMBER 2015

    Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 142,000 in September, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in health care and information, while mining employment fell.

    Household Survey Data

    In September, the unemployment rate held at 5.1 percent, and the number of unemployed persons (7.9 million) changed little. Over the year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons were down by 0.8 percentage point and

    1.3 million, respectively. (See table A-1.)

    Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (4.7 percent), adult women (4.6 percent), teenagers (16.3 percent), whites (4.4 percent), blacks (9.2 percent), Asians (3.6 percent), and Hispanics (6.4 percent) showed little or no change in September. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)

    The number of persons unemployed for less than 5 weeks increased by 268,000 to 2.4 million in September, partially offsetting a decline in August. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 2.1 million in September and accounted for 26.6 percent of the unemployed. (See table A-12.)

    The civilian labor force participation rate declined to 62.4 percent in September; the rate had been 62.6 percent for the prior 3 months. The employment-population ratio edged down to 59.2 percent in September, after showing little movement for

    the first 8 months of the year. (See table A-1.)

    The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) declined by 447,000 to 6.0 million in September. These individuals, who would have preferred full-time employment, were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job. Over the past 12 months, the number of persons employed part time

    for economic reasons declined by 1.0 million. (See table A-8.)

    In September, 1.9 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force, down by 305,000 from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.) These  individuals were not in the labor force, wanted and were available for work, and

    had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. They were not counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey. (See table A-16.)

    Among the marginally attached, there were 635,000 discouraged workers in September, little changed from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.) Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for work because they believe

    no jobs are available for them. The remaining 1.3 million persons marginally attached to the labor force in September had not searched for work for reasons such as school attendance or family responsibilities. (See table A-16.)

    Establishment Survey Data

    Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 142,000 in September. Thus far in 2015, job growth has averaged 198,000 per month, compared with an average monthly gain of 260,000 in 2014. In September, job gains occurred in health care and

    information, while employment in mining continued to decline. (See table B-1.)

    Health care added 34,000 jobs in September, in line with the average increase of 38,000 jobs per month over the prior 12 months. Hospitals accounted for 16,000 of the jobs gained in September, and employment in ambulatory health care services

    continued to trend up (+13,000).

    Employment in information increased by 12,000 in September and has increased by 44,000 over the year.

    Employment in professional and business services continued to trend up in September (+31,000). Job growth has averaged 45,000 per month thus far in 2015, compared with an average monthly gain of 59,000 in 2014. In September, job gains occurred in computer systems design and related services (+7,000) and in legal services (+5,000).

    Retail trade employment trended up in September (+24,000), in line with its average monthly gain over the prior 12 months (+27,000). In September, employment rose in general merchandise stores (+10,000) and automobile dealers (+5,000).

    Employment in food services and drinking places continued on an upward trend in September (+21,000). Over the year, this industry has added 349,000 jobs.

    Employment in mining continued to decline in September (-10,000), with losses concentrated in support activities for mining (-7,000). Mining employment has declined by 102,000 since reaching a peak in December 2014.

    Employment in other major industries, including construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, financial activities, and government, showed little or no change over the month.

    The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls declined by 0.1 hour to 34.5 hours in September. The manufacturing workweek decreased by 0.2 hour to 40.6 hours, and factory overtime declined by 0.2 hour to 3.1 hours.

    The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls decreased by 0.1 hour to 33.6 hours. (See tables B-2 and B-7.)

    In September, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls, at $25.09, changed little (-1 cent), following a 9-cent gain in August. Hourly earnings have risen by 2.2 percent over the year. Average hourly earnings

    of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees were unchanged at $21.08 in September. (See tables B-3 and B-8.)

    The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for July was revised from +245,000 to +223,000, and the change for August was revised from +173,000 to +136,000. With these revisions, employment gains in July and August combined were 59,000 less

    than previously reported. Over the past 3 months, job gains have averaged 167,000 per month.

  • Nailed it!

  • Quizzical

    I happened to catch part of Gov. Gary Herbert of Utah’s appearance before the National Press Club.  He was asked what he thinks ought to be done about the problem of recurrent mass shootings.  His answer: It’s a state issue, and we don’t need any new gun laws.  What the people need is better parenting skills.  His wife puts on a program once a year about that.  He thinks we need more of that kind of thing.

    Huh.  I wouldn’t want to reject that out of hand.  Does anyone have an outline of the First Lady of Utah’s parenting skills course, where she solves the problem of recurrent mass shootings by teaching parenting skills?  I would think it would be a public service to share that.

  • southernvadem


    The sheriff investigating a mass shooting at an Oregon community college that left at least nine people dead posted a video to Facebook in 2013 that raised questions about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

    Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin posted a link to a YouTube video called “The Sandy Hook Shooting – Fully Exposed,” which summarized conspiracy theories surrounding the shooting and quickly racked up millions of views, about a month after the massacre took place

  • Umpqua Tragedy Should End Juvenile Debate Over “Gun-Free Zones”

    The Washington, DC-based Coalition to Stop Gun Violence made the following statement today in response to the mass shooting yesterday at Umpqua Community College:

    We were sickened and angered yesterday at the news of another mass shooting tragedy, at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. We are devastated to see so many additional families destroyed by preventable gun violence. At CSGV, we have survivors of gun violence working on our staff and they feel these days intensely. We hope those affected by this tragedy will be able to find comfort and support in the tough days ahead, but as the President said last night, thoughts and prayers are not enough. We need to fundamentally change the discussion about gun violence in this country.

    Yesterday’s tragedy should end the juvenile debate about “gun-free zones” perpetuated by the gun lobby and those who fetishize firearms. Umpqua Community College allows students to request permission to carry their concealed handguns on campus, and media reports yesterday confirmed that at least some were doing so when killer Chris Harper-Mercer attacked the campus.

    MSNBC interviewed a UCC student named John Parker, Jr. who has a concealed carry permit and was armed on the Umpqua campus yesterday (but in a different building than the shooter).

    “I know there’s many people on campus who concealed carry,” Parker told the reporter, adding:

    When we found out there was an active shooter on campus, we were going to go see if we could intervene. Veterans are trained-be it Air Force, Navy, Marines, or Army. We’re trained to go into danger, not just run away from it. If there was something we were able to do, we were going to try to do it. Luckily we made the choice not to get involved. We were quite a distance away from the actual building where it was happening, which could have opened us up to being potential targets ourselves. Not knowing where SWAT was on their response time, they wouldn’t know who we were, and if we had our guns ready to shoot they could think we were the bad guys.

    According to Parker, law enforcement at the scene inspected his concealed handgun permit and allowed him to drive home.

    Let’s rid ourselves of tired old canards and engage in evidence-based conversations about how to prevent suicidal young people and other dangerous individuals from having unfettered access to high powered firearms. As the President has pointed out, we have done this and enacted meaningful regulations for virtually every other consumer product in America-including automobiles-and these regulations have saved countless lives. It’s time to do it with guns.

    We have seen a cultural reckoning recently in this country on issues like gay marriage and the Confederate flag. We are approaching a reckoning on the gun issue as well. The preposterous notion that our society should have to endure such regular horrors to live in freedom is a worn out and hollow idea that is being exposed for all to see.

  • The Democratic Governors Association released the following statement regarding the announcement by former top George W. Bush advisor Ed Gillespie that he is running for governor in Virginia.

    “We welcome Ed Gillespie to run on his substantial record of helping George W. Bush drive the American economy into the ground and making millions as a lobbyist for companies like Enron,” said DGA Communications Director Jared Leopold. “By announcing a campaign for the Republican nomination for Governor, Gillespie has promised Virginians that he will pander to the Tea Party extremists who dominate the Republican caucus system. Republicans and Democrats will have serious questions about handing the keys to the Commonwealth’s budget to the chief cheerleader for the Bush’s economic plan that raised the national debt by 86%, gave favors to Enron and attempted to privatize Social Security.”

    Republican party insiders have publicly said they expect a primary. Chris LaCivita, the 2013 campaign manager for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, told the Washington Post earlier this week  hat “the list of Republicans running for governor of Virginia will be about as long as the list of Republicans running for president.”